Twenty-three years ago this month, the chagrined commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation retired from his powerful state post after questions were raised about a family member’s 1986 purchase of land in the path of the newly designed, but un-built, Hwy. 316 in Barrow County.
Now, because of the family’s long-time neglect of that property, which is located across from the new Barrow Crossing retail center and on a corner of the planned interchange at Hwy. 81 south of Winder, the issue has resurfaced.
The old issue is of public interest now not only because of the poor condition of the property at a prime development spot in Barrow County, but also because Thomas D. Moreland’s engineering firm is a county contractor. Moreland-Altobelli & Associates Inc. recently was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in engineering work and is poised to earn another $1.6 million under a 2005 contract for more engineering work on the West Winder Bypass.
The Moreland trust’s property has been a source of many complaints from local residents over a period of years, according to Shannon Navarre Young, director of Keep Barrow Beautiful. Photo by Jessica Brown
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